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Storytelling and Map Design

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Cartography Specialty Group
Organizers: Carolyn Fish
Chairs: Carolyn Fish


Storytelling in maps has gained popularity in publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, National Geographic, among others. As maps are incorporated into information graphics, interactives, and data journalism it is clear that maps are a key part of media storytelling. In addition, narrative and storytelling has become of increasing interest in the related research domains of cartography, geovisualization, information visualization, data visualization, and scientific visualization. Presenting data as map stories helps clarify complex topics especially given the amount of unwieldy data now available. There is no doubt that maps can tell stories. As Caquard and Cartwright note, "the potential of maps to both decipher and tell stories is virtually unlimited" (2014, 101). We welcome papers on the following topics including, but not limited to:

Media and maps
Narrative visualizations
Interactive storytelling
Data-driven storytelling


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Ate Poorthuis*, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Marie: A Declarative Authoring Framework for Explorable Explanations 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Sungmin Jang*, University of Connecticut, The Evolution of American Journalistic Cartography and Perceptions of Geopolitics on the Korean Peninsula 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Carolyn Fish*, University of Oregon, Who is telling the story of climate change with maps? The surprising cartographic silence of the far right 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Daniel Cole*, Smithsonian Institution, Using Historical Maps to Tell the Story of Indian-White Relations in the Great Plains 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Stephanie Deitrick*, City of Tempe/Arizona State University, Using stories to support policymakers and community engagement 15 12:00 AM

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